Fort Carson soldiers are on a 96-hour mission to cook 300 turkeys and prepare more than 1,600 pounds of sides for those in need this Thanksgiving.
At least 250 volunteers, including Fort Carson's senior military leadership and their families, will work three 24-hour shifts starting Friday morning to prep and then serve the estimated 3,000 meals.
The Thanksgiving Day meal will be served Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Salvation Army headquarters, 908 Yuma St., its homeless shelter and three other locations.
The Marian House Soup Kitchen also is looking for more whole turkey donations for its Stuff the Bird turkey drive. So far, the organization has received about 500 turkeys, about 700 short of their goal, said Catholic Charities of Central Colorado spokeswoman Rochelle Schlortt.
Safeway is lending the soup kitchen a helping hand by donating over 1,100 turkey breasts and sides Monday to the Marian House. Safeway customers who purchased Turkey Bucks at checkout funded the initiative, which alone will serve between 4,400 and 5,020 people.
Safeway customers are still encouraged to purchase Turkey Bucks. After Thanksgiving, the Turkey Bucks will change to the Santa Bucks promotion to support Christmas meals.
Turkeys can be donated at the Marian House, 14 W. Bijou St.